Oakland University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Oakland University

Oakland University is a public research university located in Rochester, Michigan. Students can select from 130 baccalaureate degree programs. Student life is robust, and the university boasts 300 student organizations, including 17 with Greek affiliations. In athletics, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies play in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.


  • Total Enrollment: 19,309 (15,799 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male/56 percent female
  • 80 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,346 (in-state); $24,710 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $784
  • Room and Board: $10,806
  • Other Expenses: $2,434
  • Total Cost: $27,370 (in-state); $38,734 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 86 percent
    • Loans: 50 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,804
    • Loans: $6,784

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Engineering; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 8%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 26 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 55 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Oakland University Admissions

Oakland University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a moderately selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Oakland University had an acceptance rate of 84%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 84 students gained admission, making Oakland’s admissions process moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 90% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Oakland’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Oakland University scored between 510 and 620 on the evidence-based reading and writing part, 25% scored under 510 and 25% scored over 620. 50% of students scored between 500 and 620 on the math part, while 25% scored under 500, and 25% scored over 620. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Oakland University.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 30% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Oakland’s students score within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of Oakland University’s students received a cumulative ACT score between 21 and 28, while 25% scored over 28, and 25% scored under 21.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA for Oakland University’s freshmen class was 3.47, and over 50% of students had mean GPAs of 3.5 and over. Successful applicants to Oakland University have primarily high B grades.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Oakland University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Oakland University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of California, Merced, La Salle University, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Oakland University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Oakland University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Temple University, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University

Applying to Oakland University

Application Deadline: August 1

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